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Orange Lawmakers Override Veto; Fund Valley View For Full Year

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GOSHEN – In a unanimous 19-0 vote on Thursday, the Orange County Legislature override County Executive Edward Diana’s veto and funded the Valley View nursing home for all of 2014.

Diana had only funded the county-owned facility for three months in his proposed $731 million spending plan.  But, lawmakers put the money back in and then adopted the full budget for next year.

The effort to restore funding and disprove the Valley View operating figures provided by Diana was led by Legislator and fellow Republican Michael Anagnostakis.

“We have it going for another year, but it is proven that it doesn’t have to be gotten rid of,” Anagnostakis said after the vote. “The costs are way down and we are going to hopefully keep it forever.”

When the vote to override the veto was tallied and announced, residents in the audience cheered what they say is a victory for all residents of the county.